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Blessington town is nestled in a mountainous landscape and lakes and is renowned for the flooding of the Liffey valley to create the Poulaphouca Dam and resevoir in the late 1930s as a water supply for Dublin and to generate electricity.

Blessington Lakes consist of 5,000 acres of tranquil clean water offering a variety of adventure water pursuits such as sailing, windsurfing, kyaking and a very popular fishing destination. Take the local lake drive from West Wicklow House which is a gentle drive around winding roads, leading around the edge of the mountains with full views of the lakes.

From West Wicklow House there are a variety of scenic walks along by the lakes with ruins of what may have been a pre-Norman ecclesiastical site known as Burgage More.  The village and the surrounding area is rich in ruins, megalithic tombs, cairns, standing stones and other ancient structures - not all of which are easily accessible or signposted. Enthusiasts should get OSi "Discovery" map number 56 to explore the area.

Blessington is the gateway to the Wicklow Mountain National Park which is a hugely popular attraction; a mountainous terrain of 400 square miles of desolate heather-clad mountains embroidered with rivers, perched lakes and magical woodlands.

Spot ravens and peregrine falcons circling the mountains or walk The Wicklow Way, one of Irelands longest marked walks at 121km beginning in the foothills of Dublin Mountains in Marlay Park and ending in Clonegal in County Carlow.  View spectacular scenery passing through famous film locations at the Sally Gap and Lough Tay high in the mountains.

Opportunities to photograph mountain rivers and the wild bog lands.

Glendalough is one of the most important sites of monastic ruins in Ireland. This sacred glacial valley is one of the top visitor sites in the country. St. Kevin, one of Ireland’s most important Saints established the monastic city of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains. In the valley across the road from the small Church of St. Kevin many landmarks can be found such as St. Kevin’s Bed, St. Kevin’s Chair and St. Kevin’s Cave.

Nearby Blessington is the beautifully maintained Palladian architecture that is Russborough House, which is open to the public with parklands walks and boasts a fine collection of paintings some of which have had adventures of being stolen and recovered over the past number of years! For opening times contact them at 353 45 865239.

Movie Trail
County Wicklow is not only known as 'The Garden of Ireland' but also as the Hollywood of Europe. Over the last 85 years hundred of films have been made in the County, which rightly justifies this title. The versatility of the beauthiful scenery in County Wicklow is one of the main reasons for its resounding success as a film location.  The rolling Wicklow Mountains with its extensive peat bogs, the picturesque and colourful villages, and the long stretches of white sandy beaches are Wicklow features that surface repeatedly in film and television productions of all shapes and sizes.

Blessington has hosted some films including Braveheart, King Arthur, our own Maeve Binchy’s Lilac Bus and P.S. I Love You.

BRAVEHEART DRIVE
The West Wicklow Film Trail - The Braveheart Drive - 50 miles round trip.
The Braveheart Drive is centred around the west of the Wicklow Mountains and covers approximately 50 miles. The route starts in Hollywood and sets off in the direction of the Wicklow Gap. After a couple of miles the Braveheart Drive veers off left to Ballyknockan, Lacken and Manor Kilbride, with a possible whistle stop in Blessington. From Manor Kilbride the drive brings you right through the West Wicklow Mountains past the peat bogs of the Sally Gap and the villages of Laragh and Glendalough and then returns to Hollywood by the Wicklow Gap. Download a Drive Summary (info taken from Wicklow Film Commission)

 

 

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